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Case No. 19-2008

In re the Marriage of Kanetomo

Nicole Yvonne Kanetomo, Petitioner-Appellee/Cross-Appellant

Nicholas Drew Kanetomo, Respondent-Appellant/Cross-Appellee

Attorney for Appellant

Dana A. Judas

Attorney for Appellee

Richard F. Mitvalsky

Court of Appeals

Court of Appeals Opinion

Opinion Number:
Date Published:
Sep 23, 2020

            Appeal from the Iowa District Court for Linn County, Patrick R. Grady, Judge.  AFFIRMED AS MODIFIED.  Considered by Doyle, P.J., and Mullins and Greer, JJ.  Opinion by Mullins, J.  (10 pages)

            Nicholas Kanetomo (Nick) appeals, and Nicole Kanetomo cross-appeals, a decree modifying a dissolution-of-marriage decree.  Nick argues the court erred in not awarding him joint legal custody and the modification to the visitation provisions of the decree “are so minimal as to be effectively meaningless.”  Nicole argues the court erred in finding Nick met his burden to warrant any modification in visitation.  Nick requests an award of appellate attorney fees.  OPINION HOLDS: We affirm the district court’s refusal to modify legal custody.  We agree modification of visitation was appropriate, but we modify the visitation schedule imposed by the district court.  We deny Nick’s request for appellate attorney fees.  Costs on appeal are assessed equally between the parties. 

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